Monday, May 25, 2009

The Blue Star/Gold Star Flag Act of 2009 (H.R. 2546)

The purpose of the The Blue Star/Gold Star Flag Act of 2009 (H.R. 2546) is "To ensure that the right of an individual to display the Service flag on residential property not be abridged."
For those who are new to the terms, the Blue Star Service Flag was created to display on the house of families who have a member serving in our Armed forces. If the service member died, it became customary to replace the Blue Star with a Gold Star. It is an indoor flag, displayed to be visible outside. Currently, rules such as condominium rules may prohibit the reasonable display of Blue Star/Gold Star indicia, e.g. a service flag.

On May 21, the bill was introduced by Congressman (and Iraq veteran) John A. Boccieri (OH-16)  and as of today (Memorial Day) it has no co-sponsors (which may not be unusual since it's been only 4 days).In my opinion, this appears to be a relatively minor, yet helpful, change to the law, that might slightly inconvenience some people (e.g. the neighbors of Blue Star/Gold Star families) but would provide a not-insignificant benefit to the families of servicemembers. I hope you will consider contacting your congresscritters concerning prompt action.

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